Council confirms representation arrangements for 2019 local body elections

The Ashburton District Council has today confirmed its final proposal for the representation arrangements that will be in place for the local body elections in October 2019.

The arrangements include continuing with the three ward structure with a slight amendment to the ward boundaries, reducing the number of elected members from 12 to nine and retaining the Methven Community Board.

The Council consulted on the proposed arrangements from 18 May until 18 June, and received 33 submissions, of which 67 per cent were in support of the proposal.

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, all councils are required to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years. The Council last reviewed its arrangements in 2012.

“Undertaking a review is a way to help ensure the Council is effectively and efficiently meeting our community’s representation needs,” Ashburton Deputy Mayor Neil Brown says.

“Thank you to everyone who made a submission in June or provided feedback on our early suggestions for the representation arrangements in February. Your voice has helped make sure that we have the right arrangements in place ready for the next election.”

Council will publically notify the decision in the Ashburton Guardian, online and through its social media channels before 30 July, and those who made a submission will have the opportunity to lodge an appeal by Friday 31 August, 2018.

Maps of the ward boundaries and further details of the reviewed representation arrangements will be available online  and at the Council office, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton.​

Page reviewed: 26 Jul 2018 11:54am